Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani man for smuggling heroin

Shirin Khan Abbas Khan was put to death in Riyadh province after being found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom.

By: Press Trust of India | Riyadh | Updated: May 1, 2015 8:02 pm
Pakistan, Pakistan execution, Pakistan prisoner execution, pakistan capital punishment, pakistan punishment, pakistan moratorium lifted, World News Shirin Khan Abbas Khan was put to death in Riyadh province after being found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom. (Source: Express Archive)

Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani convicted of drug smuggling today, the 73rd execution in the kingdom so far this year.

Shirin Khan Abbas Khan was put to death in Riyadh province after being found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom in swallowed balloons, the interior ministry said.

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In the whole of 2014, Saudi Arabia carried out 87 executions, and Amnesty International has spoken of a “macabre
spike” in the kingdom’s use of the death penalty this year.

The Gulf has become an increasingly important market for illicit drugs in recent years, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says.

The Pakistani city of Karachi is a key transit point for heroin from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia has carried out a spate of executions of Pakistani drugs mules.

Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death under the kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.

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    Biltu
    May 1, 2015 at 7:59 pm
    WHAT IS THE POINT OF SUCH SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR A LOWLY DRUGS MULE WHILST THE BIG BARONS REMAIN UNTOUCHABLE.
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    1. Debasish Sarkar
      May 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm
      Well! Nawab Sariff has a great connection with Saudi Monarchy, Camaraderie between these two Islamic Fundamentalist States are well known. So Beheading of one -National by one "Law enforcer" Saudi Prince , is taken as a great benevolent act to by Saudi.
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